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Current Productions

The dates of this year’s Musical, Spring Awakening, May 6-8th and 13-15th

 

Tickets are $25 and good for the day and time of the show only, and work only on one device (multiple people can watch on the device). Order your tickets now through Showtix. Note: Parental Guidance Advisory for explicit language and content.  

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade," Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.

Trailer

Spring Awakening Cast:

Melchior Gabor…………………………Milo Palmer

Wendla Bergman..............................Tova Goedert

Hanschen Rilow…..............................Vee Ashmun

Ernst Robel....................................Hadley Mollman

Martha Bessell………………………….....Lili Reigart

Georg Zirschnitz................................Andrei Whyte

Adult Man……………………………….Will Shepard

Ilse Neumann………………………...Lydia VanKley

Adult Woman……………….………….Rose Shipley

Moritz Steifel……………………Sebastian Varriano

Otto Lammermeier..........................Elijah Graham

Anna……………………………….Mercedes Tucker

Thea…………………………………….Ella Papineau

Ensemble.......................................Maylie Gardner

Hope Onstad

Emma VanSteenis

Bridget Donnelly

Gabby Bandy

Ainslee Workman

Eliot Jamet

Will Shepard

Theatre class will stage the virtual play Trifles

Greater Tuna Highlight Reel

If you did not get a chance to see the Greater Tuna show or just want to relieve the wonderful backgrounds, fun costumes and great acting, check out this 5 minute highlight reel of the show:

(Cast members - save a copy of this reel for your portfolio)

https://youtu.be/wb67qx-ccmA

Greater Tuna cast Announced

Congratulations to the recently announced cast of Greater Tuna (in no particular order):

 

Hadley Mollman, Elijah Graham, Bridget Donnelly, Maisy Clunies Ross, Matthew Wilbur, Milo Palmer, Lydia Hayes, Nathalie Stanley, Will Shepard, Lydia Van Kley, Maggie Stowell, Ella Papineau, Izzy Rampersad, Vee Ashmun, Maylie Gardner, and Elsa Wirth.

 

The Theatre Department will stage the comedic play Greater Tuna, set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The play is both an affectionate comment on small-town, southern life, and attitudes and a withering satire.

 

This play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams. Students will work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on their character with Mr. Riley, provide a costume, and then work with the filming schedule and our tech expert, Gustavo, in October to record their part.

The Theatre Department will stage the comedic play Greater Tuna 

Set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The play is both an affectionate comment on small-town, southern life, and attitudes and a withering satire.

This play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams. Students will work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on their character with Mr. Riley, provide a costume, and then work with the filming schedule and our tech expert, Gustavo, in October to record their part.

The production will stream through showtix4u.com; the same website our patrons usually use to purchase tickets online!

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Buy a Seat Campaign

Want to be a part of the BHS PAC forever?

“Buy” a seat in the Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place a plaque with your name on the arm. You can use the opportunity to remember a loved one, print a favorite verse or name of a performer, or simply mark your thoughtfulness. These funds will contribute significantly to the Ballard High School theatre.

400 seats are available. Don’t be left standing … choose your seat TODAY!

Meet the Director - Theater

Shawn M. Riley (Director of Theatre) is in his seventh year at Ballard High School, coming to Seattle after a long successful stint at Capital High School in Olympia, WA.  

A graduate of Minot State University (Major: Bs.Ed.in English and Communication Arts, Minor: Humanities), he also studied Art History and Classical Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, finally receiving his MFA in Directing and Acting from The University of Portland. While at UP, Mr. Riley was nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, and was twice named one of the top 15 actors in the nation by the American College Theatre Festival/Kennedy Center in Washington DC. This achievement coupled with his achievements in the music department led to the creation of “The Shawn M. Riley Award” for outstanding contribution to Theatre and Music. This award is given annually to a graduating senior. 

 

Mr. Riley has directed and designed at the high school, university, and community levels with some of his favorite projects being Lonely Planet, The Love of The Nightingale, Les Miserables, Little Women: The Musical, Cabaret, Songs for A New World, A New Brain, and Batboy. Graduates of Mr. Riley’s have gone onto major acting and performance schools in the country which have led them to Broadway, film, and television. He could not be more proud of their successes. 

 

With over 70 shows under his belt, multiple 5th Avenue Musical Theatre nominations (including four Best Musical and Best Director nods), invitations to participate in the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland (2007 and 2013), Mr. Riley is a proud performer and instructor who can be heard touting his students’ accomplishments by saying, “I don’t do high school theatre. I do theatre with high school students!”

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Mr. Shawn M. Riley
Director of Theatre
Ballard High School
smriley@seattlepublicschools.org
206-252-1036